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Top Rated Gas Furnaces 2019

Here is our annual list of the best gas furnaces, this time for 2019.

The first 4 are 80% furnaces. The last 6 are 90%+ furnaces. Your climate and how the furnace is used determines which is best for your purposes, and that information is discussed in the reviews below.

 

 

 

 

2019 Top Gas Furnaces

  • Carrier 58CVA Infinity 80 gas furnace
  • York LX TM8Y gas furnace
  • Lennox SL280V gas furnace
  • American Standard Gold S8X2 gas furnace
  • Trane xR95 gas furnace
  • Lennox Elite EL296V gas furnace
  • Heil G9MVE QuietComfort Deluxe 96 gas furnace
  • Rheem Classic Plus R92T gas furnace
  • Goodman GMVC96 gas furnace
  • Maytag MGC2SD, MGC2SM gas furnace

Units are chosen on quality and reliable performance. Each of these 2019 top gas furnaces uses technology with a decade or more of data showing it is dependable. You should get 20 years of service from these furnaces with normal maintenance and the occasional repair.

We’ve also prepared a list of the most efficient gas furnaces for 2019. None of those units are on this list for a simple reason – they are variable-capacity furnaces.

The technology is needed to boost efficiency, but since it is newer, it doesn’t have the track record of dependability needed to make this list.

Best Gas Furnaces: 80% AFUE

These furnaces are allowed in the South and Southwest, as shown in this image, though not required, of course. Their installation is not permitted in Northern states.

These are all 2-stage furnaces with variable-speed or multispeed blowers. The improved indoor climate control comes at a cost 15% to 40% higher than single-stage, fixed-speed 80% furnaces.

If you’re comparing high-end furnaces like these to more affordable gas furnaces, see our guide to the Best Gas Furnaces Under $2,000 for 2019.

Carrier 58CVA Infinity 80

Solid dependability and excellent indoor comfort are the hallmarks of the Carrier Infinity 80 gas furnace. Bryant makes a nearly identical furnace, since both brands are produced by UTC.

The two-stage gas valve and variable-speed blower run at low levels most of the time. The result is quiet, balanced heating without temperature swings. The ECM motor uses less energy than standard PSC motors.

infinity 80 gas furnace system 58CVA

  • Efficiency: 80%
  • Features: 2 stages of heating, variable-speed ECM blower, enhanced summer dehumidification technology, fan-only mode for air filtration and circulation without heating/cooling. The heat exchanger is aluminized steel for resistance to corrosion. Low-NOx models available where required by law.
  • Sizes: 66,000 to 154,000 BTUs.
  • Warranty: 20-year heat exchanger, 10-year general parts.
  • Pros: Top-tier comfort features as described above.
  • Cons: This furnace costs more due to its performance features and the Carrier name. Also, some 80% furnaces have lifetime heat exchanger warranties, but that’s not a major con for this one.
  • Cost level: $$$
  • Best for: Homeowners willing to pay more for optimal indoor climate control and quiet operation. The large range of sizes makes it suitable for homes from less than 1,200 square feet to more than 3,500 square feet in warm climates.

York LX TM8Y

This York furnace has many of the same features as the Carrier above – 2-stage heating, variable-speed ECM motor and an aluminized steel heat exchanger.

This furnace is available in identical models from Luxaire, Coleman and other Johnson Controls brands.

The blower motor has five speeds for improved comfort. It starts on low and ramps up as the furnace air gets hotter. This eliminates cool “blasts” of air at the start of the cycle. The warranty is essentially the same, with one small upgrade (see below).

  • Efficiency: 80%
  • Features: 2-stage gas valve, fixed-speed ECM motor, two-speed inducer motor, low-NOx models available. Can be used with a single-stage thermostat and still have 2 heating stages. Stainless steel burners are available as an upgrade/option.
  • Sizes: 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • Warranty: 20-year heat exchanger with 10-year parts. If the heat exchanger fails in the first 5 years, which is unlikely, York will replace the entire furnace.
  • Pros: Good comfort features at a slightly lower cost than the Carrier.
  • Cons: Largest capacity is 120K BTUs, so not as many large sizes as Carrier and others offer. Also, as with any 80% furnace, it will use 10% to 18% more energy than a 90%+ furnace, so energy costs will be higher. In warm climates, however, an 80% furnace is still a cost-effective choice since it would take 10+ years of lower heating bills to recoup the higher cost of a high-efficiency furnace.
  • Cost level: $$-$$$
  • Best for: Homeowners that want an affordable 2-stage 80% furnace with good reliability.

Lennox SL280V

This is Lennox’s best 80% furnace, as the Carrier and York models are each brands top furnace at that efficiency.

It’s a 2-stage, variable-speed furnace that runs at low capacity up to 90% of the time. This produces better indoor comfort than is possible with a single-stage furnace.

This video from Lennox makes the case for a 2-stage furnace with variable-speed blower and could be applicable to any similar furnace.

  • Efficiency: 80% 2
  • Features: 2-stage heating, variable-speed blower that keeps heating balanced. It also improves humidity control – more humidity in winter when a humidifier is integrated into the furnace and better dehumidification in summer when supporting central air conditioning.
  • Sizes: Models from 70,000 to 135,000 BTUs.
  • Warranty: 20-year heat exchanger with 10-year parts.
  • Pros: Excellent climate and temperature control. Lennox claims testing shows this is the quietest 80% furnace available, though the testing is outdated (2011).
  • Cons: Lennox furnaces and repair parts are among the most expensive in the industry.
  • Cost level: $$$
  • Best for: Homeowners that are choosy about having optimally balanced, comfortable temperatures and other performance features that come at a higher price than most competing models.

American Standard Gold S8X2

Like the other best 80% gas furnaces in the list, this is American Standard’s best. It’s available in Trane version too, as both brands are produced by Ingersoll Rand.

It’s a 2-stage furnace with variable-speed ECM motor.

  • Efficiency: 80%
  • Features: 2 heating stages, variable-speed ECM motor for quieter operation and less energy use. The heat exchanger is stainless steel, even more resistant to corrosion than aluminized steel.
  • Sizes: Models from 40K to 120K BTU, suitable for homes up to about 2,500 square feet.
  • Warranty: The same as the others – 20 years on the heat exchanger and 10 years on other parts.
  • Pros: Premium comfort features, ECM blower and a smaller size (40K) than the others in the list.
  • Cons: Pricey and no models larger than 120K.
  • Cost level: $$$
  • Best for: Much like the others – buyers willing to pay a little more for precise heating and humidity control.

Best Gas Furnaces: 90% AFUE and Higher

If you live in a state where a 90% furnace is required, these are the best 2019 furnaces to consider.

Even in states like OK, TX, KY and others where 80% furnaces are allowed, a 90%+ model can be a cost-effective choice because winters can be cold. The payback period might be just 5-10 years. That’s the time it will take you to recoup the higher cost through lower energy bills.

All the best 90% gas furnaces have a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger to transfer more heat from exhaust gases. It is how higher efficiency is achieved.

Heil G9MVE QuietComfort Deluxe 96

Deluxe 96 Gas Furnace front view

This is a 2-stage furnace with a variable-speed blower for optimal indoor climate control all year. A variable-speed blower assists central air conditioning in removing summer humidity for cooler, drier and more comfortable air.

Heil might not have the brand reputation of Carrier, Trane and Lennox, but it makes quality furnaces.

The brand is owned by International Comfort Products (ICP), a division of UTC, the parent company of Carrier. You get Carrier quality at a lower cost.

The Heil G9MVE is available in identical furnaces from other ICP brands including Arcoaire, Tempstar and Day & Night.

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  • Efficiency:5%, Energy Star.
  • Features: Two heating stages, variable-speed ECM blower fan. Variable-speed inducer motor. Direct spark ignition. Wi-fi thermostat compatible.
  • Sizes: 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs.
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger and 10-year parts warranties. Heil also backs it with its 10-year No Hassle warranty. If the heat exchanger fails in the first decade, which isn’t common, Heil will replace the entire furnace.
  • Pros: All the bells and whistles like 2-stage gas valve and variable-speed motors for creating a comfortable indoor climate in all seasons.
  • Cons: Can be set up with a matched Heil AC or heat pump to be a communicating system that optimizes efficiency. This is an option, and most of the 90%+ furnaces in this list have a similar option. While that sounds good, we don’t recommend communicating systems because they are known to have more problems than standard operation. We recommend using this furnace in a non-communicating system for best long-term results.
  • Cost level: $$$$
  • Best for: Homeowners willing to pay for excellent energy efficiency and premium indoor climate control.

Lennox Elite EL296V

Lennox’s best 2-stage gas furnace has a variable-speed ECM blower motor and excellent efficiency.

  • Efficiency: 96%, Energy Star
  • Features: 2 heating stages, variable-speed motor, continuous fan option for air circulation and filtration and superior dehumidification when supporting a central air conditioner.
  • Sizes: 45,000 to 135,000 BTUs for homes up to about 3,000 square feet in cold climates. There are many factors to consider when sizing a furnace in addition to climate.
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger and 5-year parts warranties.
  • Pros: Excellent comfort control and energy efficiency.
  • Cons: Lennox furnaces and repair parts are among the most expensive in the industry. Also, the 5-year parts warranty is shorter than all comparable brands.
  • Cost level: $$$-$$$$
  • Best for: Lennox fans willing to pay a bit more for high performance and efficiency.

Trane XR95

This is a rock-solid, single-stage furnace with a track record of durability. It combines energy-saving 95% efficiency with a lower cost than many of the other 90+ models in this list. That makes for good value.

  • Efficiency: 95%
  • Features: Single-stage heating and 4-speed blower. Comfort-R technology is Trane’s dehumidification technology for use with air conditioning.
  • Sizes: 40,000 to 120,000 BTU models for homes from about 1,000 to 2,400 square feet in cool climates.
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty; 10 years on other parts.
  • Pros: Proven reliability. Reasonable cost. Good efficiency.
  • Cons: Single-stage heating is louder than 2-stage heating and might produce slight temperature swings.
  • Cost level: $$$-$$$$
  • Best for: Homeowners that want high efficiency but don’t want to pay for 2-stage heating.

Rheem Classic Plus R92T

This single-stage gas furnace is a reliable performer at a reasonable cost.

  • Efficiency: 92%
  • Features: Single-stage heating, ECM fixed-speed blower, low-profile cabinet allows installation where space is limited. The blocked drain sensor prevents leaks when condensate isn’t able to drain.
  • Sizes: 40,000 to 115,000 BTUs, for homes to about 2,500 square feet.
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger and 10-year parts warranties.
  • Pros: Affordable and durable.
  • Cons: Lower efficiency isn’t best for very cold climates. The fixed speed fan might produce noticeable cool drafts at the start and end of the cycle if you’re near a heat grate.
  • Cost level: $$$
  • Best for: Homeowners that want an affordable and dependable 90%+ furnace. Ideal for cool climates without extreme cold.

Goodman GMVC96

This Goodman furnace is one of the most-installed two-stage, variable-speed gas furnaces. It has a good track record of reliability. It’s backed by an excellent warranty. The price is right.

If you’ve heard Goodman furnaces are cheap, that might have been true at one time. Daikin Global has owned Goodman and Amana since 2012 and made improvements in quality while keep cost competitive. This furnace is sold in an Amana version too.

  • Efficiency: 96%, Energy Star
  • Features: 2 heating stages, variable-speed ECM blower motor, 2-speed draft motor. All models are certified low-NOx, so suitable for the SCAQMD and similar areas.
  • Sizes: 40,000 to 120,000 BTUs for homes up to about 3,000 square feet in cool climates.
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty including 10-year furnace replacement coverage if it fails. 10-year general parts warranty.
  • Pros: Affordable, reliable and covered with one of the better warranties in the industry.
  • Cons: Very little to complain about. Some users say it’s a little noisier than they expected. No sizes larger than 120K BTU.
  • Cost level: $$$
  • Best for: Those that want an affordable 2-stage that should last 15-20+ years with normal maintenance.

Armstrong Air A931A

This isn’t one of the best-known brands, but Armstrong Air and sister-brand AirEase deliver good reliability and value.

This is a very basic furnace with good efficiency and reliability.

  • Efficiency: 93%
  • Features: Single-stage burner, multispeed PSC blower motor.
  • Sizes: 45,000 to 135,000 BTUs
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger, 10 years on other parts.
  • Pros: Lower cost, good efficiency, plenty of sizes, so one should fit your home.
  • Cons: Indoor climate control isn’t as good as the 2-stage furnaces on this list.
  • Cost level: $$$
  • Best for: Moderate and cool climates. Popular with homeowners that prefer a lower furnace cost to high-performance features.

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